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ICAST 2020 Coverage


Daiwa Launches Kage MQ LT Spinning Reel Series for both Fresh and Saltwater Anglers


Date: 7/7/20
Location: Virtual Event
Admission: Industry Only
Manufacturer: Daiwa
Reviewer: Zander

Introduction: This year ICAST, much like the rest of the world, is facing a unique situation with the pandemic which has resulted in the event going virtual. The official event kicks off next week on July 13th and leading up to the show many manufacturers are starting to roll out some of their originally planned new product introductions. One of Daiwa's new reel launches this ICAST will be the Kage series of spinning reels, designed as a crossover series between fresh and saltwater applications. 


Daiwa has started rolling out their new products ahead of next week's virtual ICAST, starting with the Kage spinning reel series


Meet the Kage: The new Kage line (pronounced kah-gay) builds on the company's successful monocoque body design which is utilized on many of the company's most popular spinning reels. The monocoque layout is designed to provide more stability and improved corrosion resistance by using a solid frame design versus multiple pieces that need to be held together with screws.


The smaller Kage reels feature smaller barrel knobs while the saltwater sized 4000 series makes use of the larger T-knob


In addition to the monocoque design the Kage reels are built out of Daiwa's proprietary carbon composite material, Zaion, which is light, rigid, and corrosion proof. To further improve resistance to the elements and improve the long term feel and performance of the reel the Kage Series will also employ Magseal. Magsealing uses a magnetic bushing in conjunction with a magnetic weld to create an airtight and watertight oil seal, virtually eliminating the travel of contaminants or water down the main shaft and into the gearing.


The Kage continues the tradition of using Zaion for the body and rotor

The Kage MQ LT will also make use of the company's Zaion air rotor that is engineered to be rigid and exhibit minimal flex, especially at high drag pressures. Cut-outs in the rotor reduce the weight of the rotor while improving balance. The lighter the rotor, the less force it takes to spin around the reel, making it easier to turn the handle.

Inside the new Kage reels anglers will find A7075 aircraft-grade aluminum with the company's DIGIGEAR design. The gears have been treated to be more resistant to the elements and are digitally cut for more exacting tolerances.

The one piece monocoque body is very compact and clean looking without multiple pieces and screws. Daiwa implements this design to reduce footprint, improve rigidity, and improve corrosion resistance


In addition to hardened aluminum gears the Kage reels will also make use of the company's Advanced Tournament Drag (ATD) which will deliver 11lbs. of drag (KGLT1000D-XH). The Kage reels feature a 6.2:1 gear ratio, and because they make use of Zaion for the frame and rotor they are also relatively light overall. The 1000 size weighs in at 5.8oz. and the 2000 size weighs only .2oz. more at 6oz. total. These weights put the reel in a very similar range to the existing Ballistic and Luvias reels which are also designed with the same LT concept.


Daiwa Kage reels will be available in sizes ranging from 1000 to 4000 sizes at the hard launch next week, and will retail from $339.99 to $369.99 each.









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